May 23, 2014

MAI MAI MAI - Delta 12"


Mai Mai Mai is a solo project by Toni C., member of the noise-rock outfit Hiroshima Rocks Around and the spasticpop duo Trouble vs. Glue. He also runs the NO=FI Recordings label and co-runs the Dal Verme Club in Rome. Mai Mai Mai is the materialization of a travel in time and space, a mix of drone and ambient, steamy and phat techno beats, field recordings and soundscapes on the border between East and West. After the debut Theta LP (Boring Machines, 2013), Delta is his second release and second part of his journey across the Mediterranean Sea, through hidden memories, old unconscious and sounds of past experiences, put together and mixed today using tapes, synths and sequencers. We land on a stormy night and the tale of this new adventure begins.
This time our man is not alone either as he shares his trip with new fellows who are gonna leave a mark on Delta: Gianni Giublena Rosacroce and his clarinet, Cannibal Movie’s Donato Epiro’s organs, and Piovs and his Moog.
Out on 24 May (the very same day of the Thargelia party in old Athens), Delta comes on manila-colored die-cut discobags, with full-color labels and insert on tracing paper, all housed in strong, picture-disc-like PVC sleeve. One-time pressing limited to 500 with artwork by S. Anhayt.


May 12, 2014

HEROIN IN TAHITI - Peplum

A driving force in what some critics dubbed "Italian Occult Psychedelia", Heroin In Tahiti from Rome inaugurate 2014 with two tracks of their unmistakable Spaghetti-Sound. On Side A, "Peplum" is an apocalyptic take on some imaginary Morricone soundtrack, filled with twangy guitars, doomsday synths, and even a mellotron: listen to it, and you will see Lee Van Cleef's ominous face wandering in a fucked up roman borgata, year 2018. Side B's "Alo" is more in the giallo-vein and sounds like a clash between Bruno Nicolai and Demdike Stare. The track was originally conceived for "In Every Dream Home A Heartache", an exhibition by artist Phil Collins (not that...) which saw Heroin In Tahiti contribute with sounds and visions together with artists such as David Sylvian, Laetitia Sadier, Pye Corner Audio, and Demdike Stare themselves.
A press of 500 on 7-inch black wax. Artwork by Francesco de Figueiredo.


April 10, 2014

BIRD PEOPLE - King of the Grove


When thinking of Vienna one might assume it would be the furthest thing from Yerevan. Two totally different and separated expressions of the human idea of beauty. Nevertheless, there's a best-kept secret dwelling in the alleys of the old capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire which really put these two thousand-year old cities in contact. An amorphous musical entity, trying to approximate the sound of a hummingbird's wing beat in outer space - as they say themselves.
For those of you who don't know yet, Bird People is such an entity. Recording and self-releasing small-run tapes and CDRs on their own Feathered Coyote Records since 2011, the creature captained by Ulrich Rois has been creating a constant flux of overwhelming drones embellished by psychedelic marquetries.
It is therefore such a pleasure for us to put out the latest Bird People effort meaningfully called King Of The Grove. Two long tracks, one per side, almost 20 minutes each one. While A side To Peer Into the Huntress' Mirror is an awakening ritual at the gates of dawn, A Harvest of Birdsong and Bones is a cosmic journey through realms unknown.
The album was inspired by Frazer's account of the Diana worship in the sacred woods near Nemi and its connection to an old fertility cult in his book The Golden Bough.
Out 8 April on pale grey tape with photographic insert and artwork by S. Anhayt. A limited edition of 70 copies.


February 21, 2014

GERMAN ARMY - Millerite Masai

From the dehydrated and dilapidated outskirts of San Bernardino County, German Army releases its latest sonic document, “Millerite Masai.” This exceptionally rhythmic-heavy release constructs itself with a wide palette of percussive timbres and abrasive drones. It’s from these foundations that the group extends its explorative nature toward new sounds and textures.
“Millerite Masai” sees the deeply modulated vocals of Peter Kris replaced with found audio of disembodied voices and dialogs unknown. This departure from a lead vocal source provides listener’s with a particular focus on the construction, abstraction and destruction of the given motifs within each track. Most songs here seem to pull their primary melodies from modes that could be found in eastern end of the world, and considering this release comes courtesy of Yerevan Tapes, this Eurasian influence might be more than just coincidence.
In fact, it might point to some of the inspiration for the heavy soundscapes that range from the desolate and deserted to the thriving and intense – perhaps pulling from the various landscapes of the Caucasus.
Comes on jelly red tape with with photographic insert and artwork by S. Anhayt. A limited edition of 100.